Mendocino County is a rich, agricultural area with varied microclimates that are home to specialized varietals of cannabis. These strains have been maintained by heritage farmers, bred and crossbred with the newer generation fuel-stocks to yield unique hybrids representing the specialized farms of the micro-scale Mendocino variety.
Mendocino farmers have been restricted by plant count policies, which has created a system of small, boutique farms producing unique, specialty, small-batch medicinal cannabis. Given this background, a supportive regulatory framework would enable these economic drivers of rural communities to thrive, contributing in myriad ways to beneficial ecological and social paradigms.
Restrictive plant counts have prevented the legitimation of breeding and thorough genetic sifts that require large numbers of plants to identify the most beneficial traits. Famers and independent business owners look to the foundation provided under MMRSA to support the development of local regulatory structures that enable and maintain the decentralized industry that already exists.
It is difficult to organize farmers and rural constituents because of geography, travel, time and money. We at California Growers Association are excited to begin hosting local chapter meetings in Mendocino and other rural counties, seeking to provide a bastion of information so that industry participants can work together to navigate the coming hurdles of regulation.
These local chapter meetings will be open to the public, providing opportunity for information exchange and knowledge sharing. Membership is required for voting status but the goal is to provide a broad spectrum of dialogue to the community so as to encourage the diverse cannabis backgrounds to come together to interface between the statewide policy organization and local needs/challenges.
The Mendocino Chapter will focus on providing information, working to help coordinate community response within the broader perspective of coastal counties and statewide support system. Mendocino is a "producer" county, renowned for production of small-scale medicinal cannabis products.
Cannabis farms here are often too small to fit the state regulations, and the threat of over-regulation that stifles these small farms cannot be underestimated. As such, we are working to develop avenues through policy dialogue to offer pathways to compliance for the smallest farms. Cottage industry licenses and event permits are high on the priority list for advocacy work, while providing educational resources and networking opportunities to the rural communities of Mendocino.